Shelby man jailed for car break-ins, theft

A Shelby man has confessed to several car break-ins in Hoover, Helena and Alabaster.

Thomas Brent Haynes is charged with five counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle and one count of theft of property second degree. He is being held at the Shelby County Jail on $70,000 bond.

Haynes broke windows out of cars parked at First Baptist Church of Alabaster, Helena United Methodist Church and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, also in Helena, during church services.

Helena Police, with assistance from Alabaster and Birmingham Police, tracked down Haynes through a cell phone taken from one of the vehicles. Haynes was arrested at a Jefferson County farmers market May 31, and his car was seized.

Police retrieved several stolen items from Hayne’s vehicle, including a cell phone stolen from a car parked near the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover.

Haynes confessed to the break-ins June 1. Hoover Police are in the process of obtaining warrants for Hayne’s crimes in Jefferson County.

“The Helena Police Department has zero tolerance for anyone who is willing to come into their city and commit these cowardly acts against innocent people, especially when they are attending church services,” said Detective Chris Rollan. “I think justice will be served in more ways than one.”